11 Surprising Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight: The Rest of the Surprising List

Adrien Cotton meditating at fitness on the run.net in Alexandria, VA

Last week, I gave you the first part of my top 11 reasons why so many people are struggling to lose weight — and the response was overwhelming. Here are my next five reasons, even more surprising than the first six. As always, I am happy to answer any questions these may bring up. I’d welcome an email from you at adrien@fitnessontherun.net.


7. No time to meditate

I’m not talking getting on the floor and chanting “Oms” every day (although I am a huge fan and believer in it!). I’m talking about getting in touch, grounding yourself, being present, and breathing. Research abounds about the benefits of meditation. If you haven’t given it a try and want a crash course, email me and I’ll teach you how to practice 1-minute meditation.


8. No cushion in your day

Do you map out how long it will take to get to the grocery store/gym/school/errand du jour? Do you calculate how long it will take to grocery shop, stand in line at UPS, wait for a prescription? If not, you are missing out. The reason so many of my clients are “always busy” is because they — before they work with me — do not account for the time it takes to accomplish things during the day. Cushioning your time relieves stress…and we know the role stress plays in weight loss!


9. Believing excess cardio is the answer

Most of us grew up in the era where the fitness industry really had its beginnings. Back then, Dr. Kenneth Cooper pioneered the benefits of doing aerobic exercise for maintaining and improving health. And this is so great. Yet what came next were decades of methods to pound the body, sweat profusely, sometimes over-stress the body without recovery, and definitely insufficient training. This is a blog for another day. For now, know that excess cardio without proper foundation training and lack of strength work can lead to injury and frustration because the body just does not work that way.


10. Counting calories

While having a sense of calories is a great idea, the concept was really discovered just around 1900. The nutrition science industry is still very young and many in it admit there need to be alternative methods and a real education of how calories are really burned. Yet exclusively counting calories without a clear understanding of how they are absorbed, combined with the fact that most food labels are off by an estimated 25 percent, means that counting calories is a bad idea. The body is not a machine where you can count calories to get “full;” it is an intricate, complex system.


11. Lack of social support

“The Blue Zones study” found that the one common practice contributing to those areas of the world where the average age at death is 100 is social connection. Researchers have found loneliness is more deadly that obesity. Surround yourself with like-minded people who also share your value of a wellness-centric life. It will help you stay motivated, active, and could possibly be the most important component of your wellness plan!



I’d love to work with you!
Contact me directly at adrien@fitnessontherun.net
or check me out at www.fitnessontherun.net/concierge.


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Adrien founded Fitness on the Run in 2004 out of her home after a successful career in policy and public affairs communications. After spending 15 years developing her own personal definition of wellness and watching thousands struggle with theirs, in January 2019 Adrien founded Alexandria Wellness, the home for the Concierge Wellness Program and Corporate Wellness with Adrien Cotton. Over the course of 15 years, “FOR” was home to more than 2,000 clients, 30 instructors, and hundreds of inspirational success stories. Adrien is now, more-than-ever, passionate about helping women view their fitness as a journey, not a quick fix. Adrien’s recipe for success herself has evolved from a rigid training plan of sweaty and heart pumping workouts to some days getting in her 10,000 steps, consciously breathing, her 7.5 hours of sleep, and her beloved 5-Minute Flow. Adrien believes the most important ingredient is making small changes for big results, even if it’s one new habit formed each month. Still passionate about fitness, Adrien’s clients appreciate her ability to make sessions seriously challenging without a “beat down,” a healthy mix of strength and metabolic (cardio) work and ultimately helping her clients gain real strength in mind and body. She believes we all benefit from being curious about our bodies and that change, or improvement, is within reach despite what your “inner voice” or others may tell you. Adrien is bubbling with excitement to help women learn the importance of a comprehensive approach to wellness, weight loss, and contentedness with yourself, and that every person has the right to feel good about themselves. Most days, you can find her helping clients with their wellness, listening to success stories, and bragging about her twin 13-year-old children and “fittest man in Alexandria” Bill Cotton. Adrien prides herself on her practice of mindfulness, meditation, and putting it all into perspective.

Alexandria Wellness offers achievable answers for anyone who is tired of chasing fitness and health without a clear plan, someone who has struggled and is not satisfied with their fitness and wellness or someone who is open to maximized healthful longevity and fitness along with healthful weight loss. Adrien and her team offer help with food guidance, body acceptance, sleep and stress issues, and insist you have fun along the way.

Schedule your free 30 minute consult here!


Alexandria Wellness
215 North Payne Street
Alexandria, VA 22314




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